I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Gilded King by Josie Jaffrey
Source: the author
Genres: YA, Fantasy
Published by Josie Jaffrey
In the Blue, the world’s last city, all is not well.
Julia is stuck within its walls. She serves the nobility from a distance until she meets Lucas, a boy who believes in fairytales that Julia’s world can’t accommodate. The Blue is her prison, not her castle, and she’d escape into the trees if she didn’t know that contamination and death awaited humanity outside.
But not everyone in the Blue is human, and not everyone can be contained.
Beyond the city’s boundaries, in the wild forests of the Red, Cameron has precious little humanity left to lose. As he searches for a lost queen, he finds an enemy rising that he thought long dead. An enemy that the humans have forgotten how to fight.
One way or another, the walls of the Blue are coming down. The only question is what side you’ll be on when they do.
I cannot express how well The Gilded King surprised me, I think once I started reading that I was expecting something similar to Twilight, you know sparkly vampires who aren’t actually anything to do with what vampires should be. HOWEVER and this is a huge however what I got instead was a rich and diverse mythology that not incorporates vampires but also zombies, in a wonderfully new and original way. I think the way that everything is well written and developed is this book’s strong suit, I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book, and once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down.
I really enjoyed the split POV in this book, I thought it broke up the story really well and it added a certain depth to the story whilst building the world and the mythology. One POV you follow Julia and her life in the Blue and everything that entails, the other you follow Cameron as he travels through the Red. I loved learning about the landscape and the Red and everything that goes on there. At first, I wasn’t sure which POV was going to be my favourite but by the end, I was looking forward to travelling through the Red more than staying in the Blue.
There is a such a great group of characters each with a different strength and weaknesses to the story. They are also flawed in their own way which is refreshing in the sense that vampires are usually made out to be above having flaws, I suppose a symptom of being immortal. However, in The Gilded King, they are just as good looking and flawlessly built but they each have flaws in their characters, which all adds to the story! If I had to choose my favourite character, it would definitely have to be, Lucas, I loved his hobbies, and the care and attention he takes in his life really made me smile.
The Gilded King is definitely a book that took me completely by surprise but in the best possible way, and I cannot wait for the next one. I am definitely adding it to the list of books that I am most looking forward to. I would definitely recommend this book to my blog readers and anyone looking for a vampire book with real vampires in it! I adored it and it may actually make my list of favourites this year!
Do you enjoy real vampires or do you prefer the Twilight genre? Let me know in the comments!
Make sure you check out my last post about how The Gunslinger defeated me.